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VHA Annual Report tabled

Posted 10 October 2017

It’s been another excellent year for the Victorian Healthcare Association with unprecedented member engagement and advocacy, a comprehensive events schedule and new business growth, the VHA Chair Gary Thomas told the Annual General Meeting.

The VHA policy team produced timely, influential work and many VHA recommendations have been adopted by government decision makers, Mr Thomas said when he tabled the 2016-17 VHA Annual Report at last week’s AGM.

The report can be accessed here.

“Membership retention is strong and we continue to represent 96 per cent of the sector, which reinforces our relevance, access and influence,” he said.

Business-as-usual activity resulted in the VHA delivering a better-than-budgeted outcome. Excluding investment in the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance, there was a $45,000 surplus, against a break even result in 2015-16. 

“We continue to enjoy strong working relationships with the State and Federal Government, Opposition and other key influencers which allow us to represent our members, while retaining an independent, bi-partisan voice.”

Strengthened planning across corporate partnerships and capacity building activity has resulted in the above-budget performance which enabled the delivery of even greater value to our members, he said.

We have strengthened our capability to serve our wider membership, as well as our continuing commitment to health service CEOs.

The VHA continued to provide support and advice to members in an evolving aged care and disability environment.

A significant development during the year is the lead role taken by the VHA to improve quality and safety governance.

“A commercial decision was made – based on clear sector need and a compelling business case – to invest in healthcare governance.

“The VHA Board views the renewed focus as essential and timely, particularly following recommendations from the Duckett report Targeting Zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care,” Mr Thomas said.

“We look forward to being of even more service to our members, partners and the sector in the year ahead.”

 

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